Born in England in 1957 my family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008.
We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. David passed away in 2015 and I'm here on my own now but I have Cindy the dog and Polly the cat to keep me company.
I currently co-write two Wordpress blogswith my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and a "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania.
As I’ve mentioned previously when I have house viewings I usually take Cindy for a walk. This has not been a whole lot of fun as most of my house viewings seem to take place on wet days and I end up heading for the nearest bit of shelter I can find. However, this week the two viewings I’ve had were on dry days so Cindy got a run on land by the football ground and I decided to look out for some photos for Cee’s Challenges.
There is a farm not far from my place and the boundary comes pretty near to the road. As I was walking past I noticed that behind the glass blowers studio was some old wooden fencing that would make a good photo. I don’t normally go round the back of that building but nobody was around today.
It was not easy to take photographs while holding Cindy with one hand and the smartphone decided to be particularly annoying by opening apps I didn’t want instead of the camera app and then taking random photos of my hands and feet when it did decide to work. Believe me, it was very nearly an ex smartphone today.
I did manage to get a couple of other photos while I was there but may return another day with my real camera and without Cindy.
Taking new photographs has been a challenge this winter. I haven’t been out and about with the camera much and sometimes I get tired of taking photographs of things around the house. So I decided that for this week’s challenge I would take at least one new photo to share each day.
Friday: one of my potted daffodils.
Saturday: I call these my surprise bulbs. Every year I replant the bulbs in my pots by the garden shed when they die off. I’m never sure if they will grow so when they do it’s a nice surprise. These are last year’s bulbs.
Sunday: Nope, sorry no picture. I was busy pruning the roses for the best part of the day as it was sunny. When I decided to pack it in it rained.
Monday: I was tidying up the school textbooks at the Op Shop and took a photo for our Facebook page. A lot of local parents homeschool and I created the shelf to help them find materials.
Tuesday: I spent an hour or two cleaning dolls, some of my own and some for the Op Shop. This is one who is going back to the shop. She is a Disney Princess, probably Belle.
What would be your solution to the over-population of the earth? Earth has finite resources and humanity seems to be breeding themselves to extinction. Some countries have tried restricting the number of children a couple or a person can have, with little success. So what other viable options are there for reducing the number of people?
I don’t agree with restricting the number of children a person can have. It did not work very well for China. I do think that people should practice birth control and consider whether they can support a family. Honestly, I think in this day and age having six or more children is impractical for many people. In older times child mortality rates were higher and contraception not available so it was natural to have large families.
Birth control on its own is not going to solve the problem though. We need to be more mindful of using the resources we have and yes maybe we do need to start thinking about the space program again. One day this poor old Earth will wear out and we will need somewhere to go although knowing us we’ll probably want someone else’s planet rather than find our own.
Okay, the rest will be ‘recycled’ questions. I got a Sunshine Blogger Award recently and I thought some of the questions on that post were kinda nifty. So “recycle”!
What’s invisible but you wish people could see?
If we really do have auras it would be interesting if we could see them. It would certainly help with determining people’s moods.
What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?
I know a lot of facts, many ridiculous but I don’t have instant recall so I’ll pass on this one.
What are the unwritten rules of where you work? If you don’t work (retired or unemployed) what are the unwritten rules you live your life by?
At the Op Shop where I volunteer several days a week, the unwritten rule is that you never refuse to accept a donation. Our little shop is not run by a national charity, it’s run by local people for local people and we rely on their donations so we don’t want them to think we don’t value what they bring or that we have too much of an item. If they stopped bringing things we’d have nothing to sell.
How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza?
I don’t have a problem with it.
Toilet paper, over or under?
I worked in a hotel where we were required to put it over with corners folded to form a point. I still do over but don’t do the fold unless there is a house inspection and I’m feeling fussy.
What’s the best type of cheese?
There is no best type of cheese, except maybe cheese you don’t have to pay for. Everyone likes different types of cheese or if they are lactose intolerant no cheese at all.
This is the perfect time for yellows. My daffodils are all in full bloom. I do love daffodils, the big King Alfreds are my favourites but I have other varieties too.
As it is still winter here we also have wattle in bloom. A bus driver I used to know used to say “When you see the wattle you’ll see the snow.” I always think of that in August and sure enough, although we’ve not had low-level snow this month we have had falls on the mountains.
I’m very partial to yellow flowers. Here are some more.
I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.
Trees by Joyce Kilmer
I haven’t managed to join in any of Cee’s Challenges for a couple of weeks. I never seem to be ready with a post in time but this week I am determined even if it has to be photos from the archives like this one of my beloved apple tree.